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ECDOH & John R. Oishei Children's Hospital will offer Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to 5-11-year-olds on Saturday
Wed, Nov 3rd 2021 04:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health and John R. Oishei Children's Hospital (OCH) will hold a pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Saturday, Nov. 6, providing the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine specifically for 5-11-year-olds.
State snowmobile safety course on Grand Island
Wed, Nov 3rd 2021 03:55 pm
The Grand Island Snowmobile Club, in cooperation with the Grand Island Rod and Gun Club, will hold a free New York state snowmobile safety course from 5-9 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19 at the Grand Island Rod and Gun Club, 1083 Whitehaven Road.
Erie County Senior Services Department schedules annual public hearings
Wed, Nov 3rd 2021 03:30 pm
The Erie County Department of Senior Services has announced two public hearings to be held in order to seek community input regarding unmet needs of the county's older adult population, existing programs and services offered by the department, and to solicit comments and ideas on how to better serve the county's older population.
Veterans Day ceremony set
Wed, Nov 3rd 2021 03:00 pm
The Grand Island Recreation Department announced a Veterans Day ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Veterans Park Memorial Wall, 1717 Bedell Road.
Community Foundation announces information sessions & deadline for 2022 Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds application process
Wed, Nov 3rd 2021 07:00 am
The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo will begin accepting applications for the 2022 Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds competitive grant process on Nov. 8. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Dec. 3.
DEC seeks information on hunting-related shooting incident in Erie County
Tue, Nov 2nd 2021 01:50 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Law Enforcement is asking the public to share information about the identity of a pheasant hunter involved in a hunting-related shooting incident with another hunter on Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area in the Town of Collins.
ECDOH coordinates 'Shots at the Shop' COVID-19 vaccine clinic with Bougie Nail Boutique in Buffalo
Mon, Nov 1st 2021 04:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is coordinating a "Shots at the Shop" COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Bougie Nail Boutique from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6.
Erie County Department of Social Services, community partners provide guidance on how to access Child Tax Credit payments
Mon, Nov 1st 2021 10:35 am
Officials with the Erie County Department of Social Services and two organizations that regularly work collaboratively with county officials want to inform local residents who are eligible to claim the Child Tax Credit and up to three federal stimulus checks on how to claim their funds.
Ice at Canalside to open Nov. 26
Mon, Nov 1st 2021 10:20 am
Be Our Guest Ltd. will open the Ice at Canalside, presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York, at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26.
Dan Drexelius honored for work with DeGlopper Memorial Expansion Committee
Sat, Oct 30th 2021 07:00 am
The tables were turned on Dan Drexelius last Sunday evening and, by the look on his face, he was caught totally off guard - but humbled and speechless by the gesture.
Higgins: $46,000-plus in American Rescue Plan Funding for Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
Fri, Oct 29th 2021 04:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced two federal grants awarded to the Burchfield Penney Art Center and the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. Funded by the American Rescue Plan and awarded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the grants provide funding to address community needs and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Higgins announces approval of legislation supporting grants for veteran treatment courts
Fri, Oct 29th 2021 12:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the passage of H.R. 4035, the Real Justice for Our Veterans Act of 2021. The bill provides $3 million annually from 2022 through 2027 for grants through the U.S. Department of Justice to local governments operating veteran treatment courts.
Town of West Seneca & United Way launch Born Learning Trail at Tim Russert Park to promote early learning & family fun
Fri, Oct 29th 2021 12:50 pm
Learning happens everywhere a child goes, but parents, grandparents and caregivers may not always know how to support that learning.
EC Emergency Services receives $1.2 million Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant
Fri, Oct 29th 2021 10:50 am
New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services agency recently announced it awarded Erie County a grant for $1.2 million under the NYS 2020 Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant (SICG). The program allows for state support to aid counties and local public safety organizations in enhancing emergency response, improving capability, facilitating improvements in governance structures, and infrastructure development.
Erie County Department of Health offers masks to child care facilities & programs
Wed, Oct 27th 2021 02:30 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is working with child care centers and other programs with young children as COVID-19 cases are identified among their children and staff.
Erie County Department of Health announces COVID-19 vaccine booster dose availability
Mon, Oct 25th 2021 07:25 pm
Following authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for certain eligible people, the Erie County Department of Health is experiencing strong demand for booster doses at its clinics.
Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority approves 2022 proposed budget, 4-year financial plan
Mon, Oct 25th 2021 04:30 pm
The Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority recently voted unanimously to approve the proposed 2022 Erie County budget and accompanying four-year financial plan, noting Erie County's "responsible financial stewardship" in its budget analysis.
PrEP aware draws attention to preexposure treatment for HIV
Mon, Oct 25th 2021 01:20 pm
For a third year - and a second year during a pandemic - New York state and Erie County are recognizing Oct. 25-31 as PrEP Aware Week. This observance gives community organizations, health care clinics, schools and public health departments the chance to raise awareness about HIV PrEP. The theme for 2021, "My PrEP," features community ambassadors who are sharing their PrEP story and why PrEP is significant to them.
Grand Island: Trick-or-treat hours
Mon, Oct 25th 2021 12:50 pm
Grand Island trick-or-treat hours are 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.
ECDOH: Lead is a poison, but lead poisoning is preventable
Mon, Oct 25th 2021 12:45 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is recognizing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (Oct. 24-30).
'Playground for All' opens at Erie County's Chestnut Ridge Park
Fri, Oct 22nd 2021 06:15 pm
Erie County's Chestnut Ridge Park was buzzing with excitement Friday as the anticipated "Playground for All" was officially opened and introduced to an enthusiastic public with remarks from public officials and project partners.
Fairgrounds Festival of Lights drive-thru returns nightly this December
Thu, Oct 21st 2021 08:40 pm
The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights drive-thru will return to brighten up the holiday season for families across Western New York this December.
Hochul: $76 million affordable housing development and fresh food market in Buffalo's central business district
Thu, Oct 21st 2021 08:40 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a new, $76 million development with 201 mixed-income affordable homes and a brand-new, 22,000-square-foot fresh food market will open soon in Buffalo. 201 Ellicott was constructed on an underutilized city-owned surface parking lot in Buffalo's central business district after undergoing brownfield remediation.
Speakers express opposition to proposed zoning change
Thu, Oct 21st 2021 08:05 pm
Residents of East River Road and Timberlink Drive expressed their opposition to a proposed local law to rezone portions of Whitehaven Road from B-1 to B-2 at a public hearing held at the Oct. 18 Grand Island Town Board meeting.
Screening new antiviral drugs against COVID-19 just got easier
Thu, Oct 21st 2021 07:55 pm
Nineteen months into the pandemic, the need for antiviral drugs targeted against COVID-19 is clear, given the global persistence of the virus, its ability to rapidly mutate into new variants, and the possibility that it could potentially develop strains resistant to existing drugs or vaccines.
As Bat Week approaches, ECDOH reminds residents to 'keep the bat'
Tue, Oct 19th 2021 06:25 pm
Bat Week is observed each year from Oct. 24-31, leading up to Halloween. The Erie County Department of Health is using this opportunity to remind residents of how important it is to "keep the bat" if they find one in their house or apartment.
Erie County to participate in 'Welloween' Halloween family health fair at Explore & More
Mon, Oct 18th 2021 06:25 pm
Representatives from the Erie County Department of Health will be stationed at the "Welloween" Halloween family health fair at Explore & More in Buffalo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23.
It's a girl! Buffalo Zoo welcomes new female rhino calf
Mon, Oct 18th 2021 03:40 pm
At 3:29 a.m. Saturday, the Buffalo Zoo's greater one-horned rhino, Tashi, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. This is Tashi's fifth calf, but the first with previous male George, who formerly lived at the venue but now resides at another Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited facility.
Grand Island Boulevard growing, changing
Sat, Oct 16th 2021 01:20 pm
Grand Island Boulevard has undergone tremendous transformation in recent years, with residential property growth beginning to keep pace with commercial development.
'Food as Medicine': Buffalo to lead growing national movement
Fri, Oct 15th 2021 01:20 pm
You are what you eat, and though that idea was first articulated and explored in the 19th century and beyond, now, some of the nation's leading medical experts and nutritionists will collaborate with Western New York's leading advocates to proactively advance the concept further and highlight the fact that food is indeed medicine, advancing a movement here in Western New York that has been growing rapidly in the U.S. in recent years.
Attorney General James to deliver up to $75 million to Western New York to combat opioid crisis
Fri, Oct 15th 2021 01:00 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Friday continued her statewide "HealNY" tour of New York state with a stop in Buffalo, where she announced she will deliver up to $75 million to Western New York to combat the opioid epidemic.
Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine clinic scheduled for Grand Island High School on Oct. 25
Mon, Oct 11th 2021 02:05 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is partnering with Grand Island Central School District for a COVID-19 vaccine clinic from 2-6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25. Organizers will offer Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine; if supply is available, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be offered to people ages 18 and older.
Environmental concerns raised about proposed Long Road facility
Sat, Oct 9th 2021 07:00 am
Islanders described their concerns about such adverse environmental impacts as increased traffic, noise, and drainage that could result from the construction and operation of Grand Island Commerce Center Inc.'s proposed distribution facility at 2780 Long Road in person and via Zoom at a public hearing held as part of Monday's Town Board meeting.
Island Deli closes after 17 years
Sat, Oct 9th 2021 07:00 am
After 17 years in business, two locations, and several changes in ownership, Jax Island Deli and Meat Market is permanently closing its doors.
Obituary: Robert Howard "Bob" Miller
Sat, Oct 9th 2021 07:00 am
Robert Howard "Bob" Miller died peacefully at his home on Grand Island on Oct. 3, 2021.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award recipients announced
Fri, Oct 8th 2021 11:25 am
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce announces the award recipients for its 54th annual Citizen of the Year Award Celebration. These individuals will be recognized at a dinner to be held at the Doubletree by Hilton in Niagara Falls on Oct. 21.
With high patient volumes at local emergency departments, ECDOH & local hospitals remind residents of alternatives
Fri, Oct 8th 2021 11:25 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) and its division of emergency medical services are monitoring emergency department census reports from hospitals and ambulance traffic in Erie County. Local emergency departments are experiencing high volumes and longer-than-usual wait times.
Fall Festival and 'trunk-or-treat' at TUMC
Fri, Oct 8th 2021 11:25 am
Trinity United Methodist Church will hold its Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and "trunk-or-treat" from 4-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island.
Leadership transition announced at Botanical Gardens
Fri, Oct 8th 2021 11:20 am
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is working through a natural progression within the organization and, after 11 years as president/CEO, David J. Swarts will be transitioning into retirement over the next several months.
Botanical Gardens presents newest rendition of 'Gardens After Dark': 'Autumn Twilight'
Tue, Oct 5th 2021 10:05 am
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced its latest exhibit in the "Gardens After Dark" series, "Autumn Twilight." Happening on select nights throughout the month of October, visitors can enjoy the warm glow of the fall season.

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